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Workplace Productivity in 36 Minutes

There’s nothing quite like the satirical news magazine The Onion to help us recognize ironies in our advanced society. A recent headline simply reads: “Man Gets Life In Order For 36 Minutes.” (more…)

Passive Aggressive Threats Hurt Productivity

Companies use email to communicate on just about every imaginable topic, from party announcements to corporate decisions. But it’s still surprising to see an email that contains an underlying use of threatening language. (more…)

The Five Box System and Its Effectiveness

As part of the More Than a Few Words podcast, Indianapolis small business leader Lorraine Ball sat down with our own Robby Slaughter to talk about productivity. A key topic from the conversation was the “Five Box System.” (more…)

Business Process Improvement and The Power of Perspective

Business process improvement can be controversial. To illustrate, consider the firestorm over a photograph displaying a conversation between President Obama and Vice President Biden. Turns out, a picture may not be worth a thousand words but instead a thousand different points of view. (more…)

Christmas and the Absolute Date

Millions of people all over the world rush to complete final purchases before the stroke of midnight. It’s the biggest retail deadline of the year, which raises the question: Do deadlines make us more productive? (more…)

Fueling Efficiency or Impatience?

If waiting longer than 60 seconds for a refill on your soda is unacceptable, then perhaps you should head to the Sunshine State for dinner. After all, Floridians are enjoying new service technology from their local Applebee’s, so why shouldn’t you? (more…)

Worker Productivity vs. Facebook

A survey of 4,000 office workers in India revealed something everybody already knew: employees spend about an hour a day on social networking websites like Facebook. (more…)

Personal Productivity and Resolving to Succeed

Personal productivity improvements are always worth considering, whether it’s the first of the year or simply the day you decide to make a change. Here are some personal productivity tips for being more effective at keeping your resolutions. (more…)

IBM’s Purchase of Lombardi

Technology giant IBM made another acquisition. This time it was Lombardi, an Austin, Texas-based software company whose fantastic product is totally unknown to the people who need it most. (more…)

The Cost of Unrecognized Accounting Errors

Many people dream of the day their bank account doubles or triples in size. For Stephen Foster, a supermarket warehouse employee, having it increase by an astounding $1.3 million is a tale for the history books. (more…)

From Communication To Science

The PR business requires creative people who can explain complicated ideas and situations to the public. One consultancy, however, moved away from traditional communications in favor of the scientific method. (more…)

Shedding Pounds Isn’t a Full Solution

America once watched the Biggest Loser contestant Danny Cahill step on the show’s infamous scale for his final weigh in. The dramatic outcome in weight-loss proved only to be one of his many successes from the show. (more…)

The Benefits of a Results-Only Work Environment

Over at the More Than a Few Words podcast, two Indianapolis small business owners discussed the benefits of a Results-Only Work Environment. That’s more than a buzzword—ROWE is a radically different perspective on running a business. (more…)

The Flaws In Electronic Medicine Technology

As Congress debated the future of the American healthcare system, a common point of discussion was the benefit of computerized medical records. But a study suggested that the cost savings would be “nonexistent.” (more…)

Case Studies Cannot Replace Active Analysis

AccelaWork published a case study about a company that decided to adopt a temporary policy to help train new staff members. Increased employee awareness, however, led to a permanent adoption of the change. (more…)